About RCI, Inc.

RCI, Incorporated is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and building envelope systems.

Since 1983 RCI members have offered unbiased design, repair planning, quality observance, legal testimony, and general roof management services. In March of 2006, RCI (formerly Roof Consultants Institute) expanded its mission and service scope to include waterproofing and the building envelope. This action reflects the understanding that roofing issues often influence the entire building envelope. It was discovered that in increasing frequency, RCI members are called upon to address building-wide concerns from below-grade to rooftop.

The Registered Roof Consultant (RRC), Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC), Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) and Registered Roof Observer (RRO) programs distinguish professionals with the proven standards of education, experience and ethics.

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Ontario Seminar – Fire Safety

The Ontario Chapter held a seminar on “Care and Control” Who is Liable for Fire Safety? This seminar was assembled by the education committee to address the hot topic issue of fire safety as it relates to roofing. It seemed imperative to have a seminar that could discuss this topic and allow for some further conversation with regards to liability on the contractor, consultant and building owner. At the heart of the discussion was the focus on Fire Safe Roofing Practices and the relation to the Fire Code’s due diligence clause and the consequences of ignoring such. The presentation also focused on fire preventative resources.

Figure 1. Nancy MacDonald- Duncan, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention discussing "Fire Watch"

The course was facilitated by Shawn Irani of TSS Building Science, and in conjunction with the education committee they brought in professionals in fire safety to make a presentation. Nancy MacDonald-Duncan, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety with the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services along with Andre Clafton, Captain and Acting Chief Fire Prevention Officer with York Region Fire Services were kind enough to lend their expertise in fire prevention and provide further insight into the fire code and the regulations surrounding the code.

Figure 2. Facilitator Shawn Irani - Discussing Hot Applied Applications

Open flame and torch applied roofing systems have been under some scrutiny for quite some time as many insurance companies are reluctant to provide coverage to roofing companies given the “high risk” associated with roofing and the potential for fires. The education committee was willing to take this contentious issue and have a forum for discussion regarding fire safety and the liability aspect. There seems to be parties on both sides of the open flame issue and there should certainly be further discussions regarding this issue.

This seminar was a great opportunity to shed more light on the issue and have constructive dialogue. Liability, responsibility and culpability are three major facets when addressing fire safety and having a presentation from professionals who have earned their living in fire prevention made for an interesting and informative seminar! The Ontario Chapter would like to thank both Nancy and Andre for their time and agreeing to discuss this topic with our members.

The Chapter would also like to thank the following for their table top displays at the event:

  • Tremco
  • GAF
  • Rockwool
  • SIKA

The seminar generated substantial interest with over 50 attendees on hand for the presentation and three quarters of those who attended stayed for the lunch social after the seminar. It was great to see some members of the OIRCA in attendance as well since this issue of fire safety affects the roofing industry as a whole. Thank you again to the education committee for organizing this event!

Upcoming Events

  • RCI Ontario Chapter is holding a two day course on: "Masonry Wall Systems"
    Date: November 22nd & 23rd, 2018
    Location: TCA Offices in Richmond Hill
    Guest Speakers: Peter Saunders, Gary Osmond & Len Gurunlian
  • RCI National Capital Branch (Ontario) is hosting a breakfast seminar on:
    "The Future of Building Envelope Inspections"
    Date: November 27th, 2018
    Location: The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, Ottawa
    Guest Speakers: Alex Healy, Ted Sheridan & Matt Ryan
  • RCI Ontario Chapter’s "Annual Christmas Luncheon"
    Date: December 6th, 2018
    Location: Le Jardin Conference and Event Centre,Vaughan

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Canadian Building Envelope Symposium

RCI Inc. hosted the first annual Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium on September 13th and 14th at the Mississauga Hilton, Meadowvale. The two day symposium was packed with seminars and manufacturer’s exhibits. The event was highly successful from an attendance standpoint with over 240 attendees from across Canada and the United States.

The event opened on September 13th with a continental breakfast and time was allotted for the attendees to mingle and gave them a chance to view the different exhibits that were being staged by various manufacturers. The seminars started shortly after with the first presentation on "Building Envelope Commissioning" by Scott Armstrong of WSP and RCI Ontario alumnus Jean Guy Levaque who also spoke about "The Missing Link for Future-Ready Buildings". There were three presentations in the morning and then there was a break for lunch which was provided at the Hilton. The afternoon session of the symposium had three more presentations before convening for the day. Some Hors D’oeuvres were provided after the conclusion of the days seminars.

Day two opened with a continental breakfast again and this was followed by a presentation on "Whole Building Airtightness Testing of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Buildings" by Kevin Knight. The morning saw three presentations before convening for lunch and the afternoon session also had three presentations on a wide range of topics. The following topics were covered in addition to the ones mentioned above throughout the two day event.

  • "Measured Drying Ability of Compact Low-Slope Roofs" – By Jonathan Smegal
  • "Thermal Performance of Building Enclosures" – By Nicole Parsons
  • "Roofing vs Masonry" – By Matthew Novesky & Rachel Will
  • "Liquid-Applied Air Barrier Systems for High-Rise Buildings" – By Marzieh Riahinezhad
  • "Design of Sloped Roofs in Snow Country" - By Marcus Dell
  • "Benefits of Dual-Barrier-Protected Membrane Roofs" - By Allen Lyte
  • "Strategies for Effective Building Retrofits" – By Eric Chisholm & Hannah Thevapalan
  • "The Future of Building Envelope Inspections" – By Alex Healy & Matthew Ryan
  • "Humidity and Building Envelope Failure in Enclosed Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs and Steam Rooms" – By Zen Szewczyk
  • "Canadian National Standard for Vegetated Roof Assembly" – By Bas Baskarin & Mauricio Chavez

On behalf of our members the RCI Ontario Chapter would like to thank all the manufacturers who participated in the exhibitor’s portion of the symposium by providing a table top display. Thank you to the following:

Tremco Accella Polyurethane Systems Henry Company Canada
Kemper Systems Canada Inc. Ardent Industries Ltd. IKO Industries
Rockwool Armatherm Pecora Corporation
Owens Corning Canada LP Artistic Skylights Polyglass USA Inc.
Lexsuco CGC Inc./USG Poly-Mor Canada Inc.
Siplast Firestone Building Products Canada SFS Intec Inc.
Johns Manville Glascurtain Inc. Situra Inc.
Soprema Canada UL CLEB Zinco Canada Inc.

We would also like to thank those who helped organize this inaugural event in Canada. A tremendous amount of time and commitment are needed to organize such a fabulous event which I believe exceeded expectations. RCI should be commended for the event that they staged.. There was plenty of Canadian content on display to showcase the quality of speakers and professionals that we have throughout this country. Their expertise in the science of building envelope technology provided thought provoking presentations which was of benefit to all those whom attended this fine event!

Upcoming Events

  • RCI Ontario Chapter is hosting Seminar on: "Fire Safety" 2 CEHs will be available
    Place: Angus Glen Golf Club
    Date: October 19, 2018
    Speaker: Peel and Vaughan Region Fire Prevention Office & Ontario Fire Marshalls Office
  • RCI Ontario Chapter is holding a workshop on: "Roof Restoration"
    2 CEHs will be available
    Place: Toronto Construction Association offices in Richmond Hill
    Date: November 1st, 2018
  • RCI Ontario Chapter is also holding a two day course on:
    "Masonry Wall Systems". 12 CEHs will be available
    Place: TCA Offices, Richmond Hill
    Date: November 22 & 23, 2018
    Speaker: TBD

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Ontario Chapter’s Meet and Greet Social

On September 12th as part of the lead up to the first ever Canadian Building Envelope Symposium the RCI Ontario Chapter held a meet and greet social at the nearby Chop Steakhouse. The social was a chance for those attending the symposium to mingle with colleugues, friends and industry professionals.

With the symposium being held at the Hilton Mississauga across the street from the venue it allowed for those whom may have been attending from out of town easy access without the need for shuttles or alternative transportation.

The event was well attended with 94 members registered.

The Chapter would like to extend thanks to those who sponsored event:

Gold Sponsors
- Roofing Contractors Alliance of Canada
- CAN-Sky Roofing

Event Sponsors
- Beacon Roofing Supply

Special thanks are in order as well for the Social committee. Michael Da Silva & Betty Quan whom helped organize a spirited event that was quite enjoyable and really got the symposium off to a great start.

Upcoming Events

  • The Education Committee is holding a seminar on a (“Care and Control – Who Is liable for Fire Safety)” on October 19th at the Angus Glen Golf Club.
  • The Education Committee will host a workshop on “Roof Restoration” on November 1st at a location yet to be determined

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Ontario Chapter's Annual Golf Tournament

On June 19, 2018, the Ontario Chapter held their annual golf tournament at the beautiful Greystone Golf Club in Milton. Set amongst the back drop of the escarpment this scenic course is one of the crown jewels of the ClubLink operated clubs. The course, which is very well maintained, was in great shape for the annual RCI event.

The weather was fantastic for the annual golf tournament which moved to this venue this year from the previous two years at King’s Riding. The sun was shining and the cocktails were flowing which made for a very enjoyable day out on the links. The event kicked off with a BBQ lunch at noon followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. The tournament was again well attended with over 120 golfers in attendance.

Congratulations to this year’s winning team shown below: Jeremy Del Luca, Carmen Ramagnuolo, Jane Calvert and Alex Lucas.

RCI Ontario extends a special thanks to the following:

Lunch Sponsor: Soprema
Cart Sponsor: Cordeiro Roofing
Beverage Cart Sponsor: Crawford Roofing
Longest Drive Sponsor: Trio Roofing
Closest to the Pin Sponsor: IKO Industries

Hole Sponsors:

  • Alliance Roofing Ltd.
  • Can-Sky Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
  • ITP Inc.
  • Crawford Roofing Corporation
  • Kemper System Canada
  • Fishburn / Sheridan & Associates Ltd.
  • Henry Company Canada
  • Kemper System Canada
  • Lexcsuco Corporation
  • MJ Building Envelope
  • Patene Building Supplies
  • Platinum Technologies
  • Situra Inc.
  • Velux Skylights

Dinner sponsor: Tremco Canada
Dinner/Wine Sponsor: Bothwell-Accurate & Can Sky Roofing & Sheet Metal
Best Team Sponsor: Dean-Chandler Roofing Ltd.

Upcoming Events

  • The Ontario Chapter will be hosting the "Canadian Building Envelope Symposium" September 13 & 14th at the Hilton, Mississauga
  • The Education Committee is holding an upcoming workshop on "Roof Restoration" in early November at a site yet to be determined.
  • The Education Committee is holding a seminar on a ("Fire Topic") on October 19th at the Angus Glen Golf Club. Stay tuned for additional details

RCI Ontario Chapter


Technical Committee Notice

The RCI Ontario Chapter has established a Technical Committee with several goals including:

  • Encouraging Chapter members to participate in the annual RCI Document Competition.
  • Encourage questions, thoughts, examples, and case studies that can be considered by the Committee and, where appropriate, published by the Chapter for the benefit of our members.

If you wish to contact the Technical Committee, please send an email to rci@rci-ontariochapter.ca with the Subject "Attn: Technical Committee".

Note: In responding to questions, the technical committee will canvas our resources and offer responses based on information from leading companies, individuals, or groups that have offered credible opinion or fact on the subject. We will not guess, answer, offer opinion on a subject question as individuals but will respond collectively as agents for the dissemination of credible opinion or verified fact.

Gary Hamilton, Technical Committee Co-Chair

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Upcoming Events

Masonry Wall Systems Course Date: November 22-23, 2018
Location: TCA Offices
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Ottawa Breakfast Seminar: The Future of Building Envelope Inspections Date: November 27, 2018
Location: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre > Registration

Christmas Luncheon Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Location: Chateau Le Jardin
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